She smiled, her flashing white teeth a bitter contrast to the darkness she felt weighing her down, a black hole pulsating at the centre of her chest, the black dog rising. “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be arriving at Holinx 3 in around five minutes – the ship’s computer has requested that passengers return to their seats and/or environment pods in preparation for the docking procedure.”
It had seemed so glamorous, new worlds each weekend, a life of privilege, visiting worlds intended to be the refuges of the rich and the famous– however fleetingly. Her feet hurt, her mind reeled at the creatures now listening to the auto-translate software converting English to whatever tongue they felt most comfortable with.
“Passengers planning to transit from this space liner to one of our other services are advised that the transferral pods will be located on your left as you exit the vehicle. Thank you for choosing to traverse the void with us, Centurion Spaceways.”
This post is the first in a series of five, written in honour of VoiceWeek, BeKindReWrite’s yearly experiment in the art of writing in different voices, an opportunity to write the same story from five different viewpoints – in Steph’s own words:
Voice Week is an experimental writing challenge to help us stretch our versatility in voice and tone. Each Voice Week participant writes five versions of the same story – from five different points of view. Then,October 1 through 5, we post, compare, sharpen, and grow.
Go ahead and check out some of the other writers, and remember, it’s not too late to join in!